By our reporters
LAGOS—Property worth millions of Naira were, yesterday, destroyed as an early morning fire razed Rida National Plastics Company Ltd., located along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, adjacent to Ikeja Military Base, Barracks Bus Stop, Lagos.
A likely repeat of the 2002 Ikeja Military cantonment bomb explosions was averted by the quick intervention of officials of the Lagos State Fire Service that battled the fire, which started at about 7a.m., for many hours before finally bringing it under control.
Also, officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and police battled to manage traffic, security and safety on the Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway, as sympathisers thronged the scene.
An official of the Lagos State Rapid Response Unit revealed that the fire was difficult to handle because of the inflammable nature of the plastic products.
“Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service battled the fire for many hours, trying to ensure that it did not spread to other companies as well as the Ikeja Military Cantonment.”
A staff of the company, who did not want to be identified, disclosed that the fire started at about 7a.m. from a bush fire.
He explained that the company had a wide expanse of land behind its fence, adding that the bush fire spread into the company’s premises from the barracks.
The staff said: “The fire started as a result of bush burning from the barracks in Ikeja, behind us. It is just a fence that demarcates our company from them.
“Fire from the burning bush spread into our compound and available company personnel made efforts to put it out without success.
“All our machines, including the recycling machine, grinding machine and the blender, were all burnt in the incident.”